USAID Announces First Grant Recipients for President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS ReliefUSAID on Tuesday announced the first recipients of grants under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, according to a USAID release (USAID release, 4/13). The Bush administration's five-year, $15 billion plan to fight HIV/AIDS seeks to prevent seven million new HIV infections, provide care for 10 million people living with the disease and provide treatment to two million HIV-positive people living in 14 African and Caribbean countries (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/29). The first-round grants will go to five organizations to support children affected by HIV/AIDS and for abstinence and behavior change prevention programs aimed at young people, according the release. Another round of USAID grants to support orphans and vulnerable children and prevention programs will be announced in early summer. The first-round grant recipients include:
American Red Cross: The $7 million grant will fund a five-year program allowing the organization to collaborate with Red Cross societies in Guyana, Haiti and Tanzania to conduct HIV/AIDS prevention programs that will teach "abstinence and other healthy behaviors" to approximately 760,000 young people ages 10 to 24, according to the release.
World Relief: The group will use the $9.7 million grant over five years to scale up HIV/AIDS prevention programs for young people in Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique and Rwanda. The program will teach approximately 1.8 million young people to "choose abstinence as the best means of HIV prevention," according to the release.
Catholic Relief Services: The $7 million grant will fund a five-year program to improve the lives of approximately 56,000 AIDS orphans in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Haiti.
Habitat for Humanity and Opportunity International: The two organizations have formed a partnership to use the $5.1 million grant for a five-year program to address basic income and shelter needs of AIDS orphans in Zambia, Uganda and Mozambique.
- Save the Children: The group will use the $5.9 million grant over five years to scale up services to support and protect children "made vulnerable" by HIV/AIDS and their families in Ethiopia and Mozambique, according to the release (USAID release, 4/13).